Ms. Gokturk


Patricia Highsmith Literary Analysis Assignment:

“Chorus Girl’s Absolutely Final Performance,” “Ming’s Biggest Prey,” and “The Bravest Rat in Venice


  1. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
  2. “To take revenge is often to sacrifice oneself.”
  3. “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.”
  4. “Revenge is a confession of pain.”
  5. “Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.”
  6. “The tree of revenge does not carry fruit.”
  7. “Revenge is a kind of wild justice.”


YOUR TASK: Working in your literary groups, create a visually interesting and educational literary poster. You will use the quote assigned to your group as your start off point. Assume your audience has read the stories but not totally understood them. Your job is to teach them through the position statement.


What your poster should include:

Write the quote prominently on your poster. Interpret the quote into your own words using the third person (i.e. avoid using first person expressions like "I think.") Convey whether or not your interpretation applies or does not apply to all three stories. Include the author and “story titles.”

Prove your controlling idea (interpretation + application to the texts) using literary elements/devices from below. For each story, provide at least three examples. You may mix and match. Use a combination of direct quoting and high level analysis to teach your audience how to understand the texts.





Point of view

Characterization (major and minor)

Irony [1]



Provide some type of visually interesting focal point (illustration and/or graphic organizer).


Please include all your names on the poster.

[1] (or, "saying one thing and meaning another." Situational irony is a trope in which accidental events occur that seem oddly appropriate, such as the poetic justice of a pickpocket getting his own pocket picked. However, both the victim and the audience are simultaneously aware of the situation in situational irony)